Entries from May 19th, 2015

Palm Springs Weekend Scenes

ace-hotel-sarahshermansamuelOur first getaway with the little man was a success! We stayed at the Ace and despite the bumping party music, Archer slept like a champ. Rupert and I, however, barely slept at all and couldn’t stop obsessing over his temperature in the night. Was he too hot? was he too cold? is he cooing in his sleep or is he awake? etc. etc. Meanwhile he was clueless and slept through the night with no problems. Rupe and I are still working on the whole relaxing into parenting thing.

palm-springs-sarahshermansamuelparker-palmsprings-sarahshermansamuelWe spent an afternoon at The Parker having brunch at Norma’s and walking around the beautiful grounds (Archie had nap time in the lounge area)…

palmsprings-pool-partythe ace hotel palm springsand we ended the weekend with a pool party, at our friends house, complete with ping pong, tacos, and popsicles.

Photos by me via iPhone and instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Top photo sources: My dress from Lulu’s // Shoes from J.Crew // Hat (unknown) find similar here

designer spotlight: Kalon Studios

gender-neutral-nursery-baby-boy-sarahshermansamuel-8I already did a fair amount of gushing about Archer’s crib but I am going to start highlighting more of my favorite designers, makers, and artists and thought the brains behind the crib, Michaele and Johann from Kalon Studios, would be perfect to begin with. I am constantly looking to fill my spaces with objects with a story and even better when I can match them with the human behind them. When thoughtful design shows in the product and you have interaction with its’ designer, the piece comes to life and makes it extra special. I’ve been chatting back and forth with Michaele of Kalon Studios and want to introduce you to their beautiful line of products.

Kalon is an LA based design studio that specializes in well-crafted original pieces for the home. The best part about their nursery furniture is that they started Kalon as a reaction against the idea that having children meant changing your aesthetic of filling your home with kids stuff (hallelujah!). Just take a look at my favorite picks from their collection. Clearly, they would be a beautiful addition to any room in the home (I’ll take one of each please).

kalon studios // sarah sherman samuelWith so much of my shopping done online, the aesthetic and price of pieces are usually the main factors that go into a purchase which is so unfortunate in some cases. Often times you spend a small fortune on something and it arrives in poor quality, with man-made materials, or you find something cheap that looks great in the photo but ends up falling apart a couple years down the road.

That is what I loved SO much about the crib. I knew in my head I was getting something that was well-designed (aesthetically and in function), and made in the USA of solid wood, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how great the pieces felt coming out of the box. Yes… felt. Maybe it is because I am a wood geek, but both Rupe and I were caressing the ultra smooth finish. Pair that with the clean lines, sturdiness of the solid wood, and the convertible factor (it grows with your child with a conversion kit) I couldn’t be happier with our decision and I am sure it will be the first of many Kalon picks.

five more minutes: midweek hosting

Advertisementpatio-entertaining2We are starting to settle into our new life as a family of three and have begun to look for creative ways to be able to socialize and see our friends more often again. One easy solution is to make them come to my house and with summer around the corner a backyard cocktail hour should be enticing enough to wrangle a few besties over while the bebe sleeps.

Target Style invited me to share how I would fancy up my backyard in just 5 minutes to make it guest ready and here’s a look at what I did.

patio-entertaining4patio-entertainingpatio-entertaining5patio-entertaining6patio-entertaining3The winning recipe is twinkle lights, a few cozy pillows and blankets, and a pitcher of moscow mules, of course. I also added in some hanging planters that I used as candle holders to dangle from the tree. I’d say that’s 5 minutes well spent… and makes looking like the hostess with the mostess a breeze.

Sources from Target: Metallic Dot Pillows // Metallic Studded Pillows // Navy Throw Blanket // Globe Twinkle Lights // Hanging Planters // Moscow Mule Copper Cups // Beverage Dispenser

Other Sources: Hoop Chairs from HD Buttercup // Wicker Chairs are vintage //  Coffee Table and Fireplace are vintage found at Surfing Cowboys  // Serving Board by A Sunny Afternoon // Killim Pillows

See how we made the DIY benches here

And check out how Honestly WTF styled her space for a mid-week game night

This post is brought to you by Target Style. Shop the new Home collection in stores and online.

in my bag: palm springs

in my bag // palm springs It’s probably no surprise that Palm Springs is our favorite destination for a quick weekend getaway and we are heading there soon for our first mini vaca as a new family of 3! EEK. My bag is packed and here is hoping little A likes the desert as much as we do.

Leather Luggage Bag // Aya Mini Dress by Gypset // Gold Grid Cuff from BaubleBar // Cereal Magazine // Linen Cropped Tee from J.Crew // Ripped Mom Shorts from TopShop // Gladiator Sandals by Free People // Perforated Leather Sandals by Rag & Bone // Scallop Swimsuit from TopShop // Harvest Sunglasses by Karen Walker // Panama Hat from J.Crew

For more of the “in my bag” series check here.

pencil skirt & swing top

pencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelRupe and I have yet to leave Archer with a sitter at night (bedtime is still a little unpredictable), but since he is starting to get a pretty good routine down and sleeping 7-8 hours in a row most nights (which I am scared to say out loud on the chance I might jinx it… #livingontheedge), a date night is on the horizon.  And thanks to my post maternity shopping spree, I am wardrobe ready.

clare viver clutch // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelpencil skirt // swing top // sarah sherman samuelPencil Skirt from Asos // Crop top from Asos, find similar here // Clutch by Clare Vivier // Black Pumps from J.Crew  // Pinky Ring by L. Frank Jewelry (rupe’s sweet push present to me, which has Archer’s name engraved on the inside and is from the same jewelry designer that made our wedding bands and engagement ring)

Photography by Mike Carreiro


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